5 Home Remedies for Dandruff (Or a Dry, Itchy Scalp)

Do you find yourself constantly scratching your head because of an itchy scalp? You’re not alone. Many people experience discomfort of dandruff, which could also be quite embarrassing in public. In today's post, we'll share 5 home remedies for dandruff that will help you reduce dryness and relieve your itchy scalp.

home remedies for dandruff

What is dandruff, anyway? Dandruff is basically flaky dead skin cells that come from a dry scalp. Technically, it’s just a cosmetic problem and dandruff in itself is harmless. But what is causing dandruff is worth some looking into. Some causes could include medical reasons such as eczema or fungus and bacterial infections on the scalp, in which case we’d recommend consulting a doctor. But it could also be caused by simple things like change of seasons, allergic reactions, overusing certain hair products, or simply lack of proper hair hygiene.

To relieve your itchy scalp, you can either purchase an over the counter anti-dandruff shampoo and treatment, or go the more natural route (organic ftw) and simply try some of these great 5 DIY dandruff home remedies.

1. Baking soda

Baking soda is not only amazing for baking cookies, but is also a powerful disinfectant when it comes to cleaning anything. We’re talking your kitchen, your bathroom tiles, and yes… your scalp, too! Baking soda exfoliates your scalp and prevents dandruff. To create this remedy, mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda with water until you reach the perfect paste consistency. For best results, part your hair in sections and apply a few drops of olive oil before spreading the paste on your scalp, and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Then, thoroughly rinse. For best results, repeat this procedure regularly - once or twice a week.

home remedies for dandruff

2. Apple cider vinegar  

Apple cider vinegar has great anti-inflammatory properties that can kill viruses and yeast that cause itchiness on the skin. To create this dandruff remedy, mix ½ cup of apple cider vinegar with ½ cup of water. Massage it well into your scalp and then leave it in 10-15 minutes. Rinse off with cold water. Repeat this routine regularly every few days until you start seeing results.

home remedies for dandruff

3. Lemon juice  

Have you ever gotten lemon juice on a recent cut? Did it sting like crazy? That’s because lemons contain antiseptic properties, which is why they are a great remedy for an itchy dry scalp. Massage fresh lemon juice onto your scalp and leave it in for 5 minutes. We recommend to test a drop of lemon juice on a small part of your scalp - if it really stings, then dilute the juice with water. Repeat this procedure at least daily until the itchiness goes away.

home remedies for dandruff

4. Banana and avocado

Yum… sounds like a smoothie for your scalp. Bananas and avocados are very nourishing and moisturizing ingredients which can reduce the flakes, inflammation and dryness of the scalp. To create this mask, mash 2 bananas with 1 avocado and apply all over your scalp where it’s itchy. Leave it in for at least 30 minutes. Rinse it out with cold water and repeat this regularly until the itchiness subsides or goes away.

home remedies for dandruff

5. Tea tree oil  

Not that many people know how magical tea tree oil is. It has natural anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, which will help relieve your dry and itchy scalp. What’s even better: a little bit of tea tree oil goes a long way. Mix 3 drops of tea tree oil with 1 tablespoon of vegetable or olive oil. Massage it well into your scalp and then rinse thoroughly with water. The smell of tea tree oil is a little bit strong, so you may want to do this before going to sleep or on days when you’re at home.

Also, an off topic side note: if you ever get an unwanted pimple, dab a little bit of tea tree oil onto it and watch it dry out overnight. Magic.

home remedies for dandruff

Have you ever tried any of these remedies? Which remedy was the most effective for you? Let us know in the comments below and if you have any other tips, please do share them! We love to hear from you :)


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